Help for Preparing Tax Returns    

February 6, 2023

Preparing taxes can be a daunting task if it is your first time. To help you through the process, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its official Tax Guide 2022, which is now available for pre-order through the Government Publishing Office (GPO) Bookstore.

Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, IRS Publication 17, begins with the rules for filing a tax return.  It explains who must file a return, which tax form to use when the return is due, how to e-file your return, and other general information.  It will help you identify which filing status you qualify for, whether you claim any dependents, and whether the income you are receiving is taxable.

The publication goes on to explain the standard deduction, the kinds of expenses you can deduct, and the various kinds of credits you may use to reduce your tax.  Additionally, it provides information on what important tax changes took effect in 2022.

Whether a first-time preparer, or highly experienced, each year, the IRS makes some degree of revisions to the income tax code. So, even if you’ve routinely and successfully completed your yearly income tax forms it’s a good idea to use this resource to be sure no surprises pop up.

There’s nothing better for peace of mind than being informed about how to prepare for your federal tax responsibilities.

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